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SSL to Study Instrument Used to Monitor Air Pollutants over North America

July 31, 2014

Space Systems/Loral reported that it was selected by the Department of the Air Force Headquarters Space and Missile Systems Center as one of three companies to study ways to accommodate an instrument to monitor air pollutants over North America on a commercial satellite.

According to a media release, the Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution Mission Study is the second Delivery Order to be awarded under the U.S. Air Force Hosted Payload Solutions contract.

"Through its HoPS Indefinite-Delivery-Indefinite-Quantity contract vehicle, the Air Force has streamlined the process for NASA and other government agencies to leverage the value of hosted payloads on commercial spacecraft," said John Celli, president of SSL. "The TEMPO study gives us the opportunity to help our government find a very cost-effective solution for monitoring the health of the planet from space."

"NASA is looking forward to working with the commercial satellite industry to identify a host system and define an interface for the TEMPO instrument," said Alan Little, TEMPO Mission Project Manager, NASA Langley Research Center. "Their creative ideas will help make this important pollution monitoring system possible."

More information:

www.sslmda.com

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